Cincinnati Ohio is located on the border between Ohio and Kentucky and is the third largest city in Ohio. The Ohio River sits to the south and separates Cincinnati from Kentucky. It has a strong German influence that can be seen throughout the city especially in the food and cultural institutions. The 19th century architecture in the downtown area is a must-see and there are many other attractions that bring tourists into the city. Major Attractions A BB Riverboat experience on the Ohio River at sunset is a stunning way to see the Cincinnati skyline. Tours offer views of the Carew Tower and other Cincinnati landmarks; or one can take a pirate-themed fun, historic cruises, with lunch, dinner, and all day sightseeing options available. One can see the oldest team in baseball; the Cincinnati Reds play at the Great American Ball Park. With 81 regular season home games, it is truly an all-American experience. The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is also housed in the same area and one can look at memorabilia, play in interactive pitching and hitting areas, tour the broadcast booth, dugout, and Crosley Terrace, and explore the gift shop. The Paul Brown Stadium is one of the hottest places in town during football season. Just west of the Great American Ballpark is this first class facility that is a must-see. The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal houses the Cincinnati History Museum, the Science and the Cinergy Children's Museum, and the Museum of Natural History. There are almost 4000 signs at the American Sign Museum where a vintage American past can be seen through collected signs including those from McDonalds, Elby's Big Boy, and Ford. One must make advance appointments for tours. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center showcases the famous secret network where enslaved individuals found freedom. During slavery, Kentucky was a slave state, while Ohio was a free state. The area is ripe with history and how the Ohio River aided in transporting people across into freedom. Restaurants and Notable Foods At least two foods need to be highlighted that are defined truly as “Cincinnatian”: Chili and Goetta. Cincinnati is the chili capital of the world and has more chili restaurants than anywhere else in the world. The other notable food is Goetta, a breakfast sausage mixed with oatmeal and then fried. Because of the German influence in the city, many restaurants also specialized in schnitzels and Bavarian dishes. Some popular restaurant choices include: Skyline Chili was rated “Cincinnati's Finest” by Cincinnati Magazine it has a chili recipe that has been passed down for generations. Soho serves up authentic Japanese dishes included sushi and grilled dishes. The hibachi menu of items is prepared in front of guests. Primavista is a traditional Italian restaurant and also provides a spectacular view of the Cincinnati skyline and the Ohio River. Jeff Ruby's Precinct is located in an old police headquarters. Big cuts of beef, fine wine, fresh seafood and an exceptional menu of sides make this place a local favorite. Shopping There are many shopping malls, national known retailors, antique shops, and specialty stores in the Cincinnati area. Here are a few fun and well-known places to shop:
- Findlay Market
- Lobsta Bakes of Maine
- Jungle Jim's International Market is a gourmet food store with great cheese, deli meats, and bakery items. It also has foods, beer, and wines from around the world.
- Miller Gallery shows a large collection of fine paintings that are for sale.
- Carew Tower stands at 574 feet and is the tallest in Cincinnati. Erected in 1931 in Art Deco design, tourists rise to the 49th floor to look out over the observation deck at the Ohio River, the city, and Kentucky. The tower also has many shops and restaurants.
- The Cincinnati Art Museum offers an impressive collection of works that span over 6000 years. There are dozens of galleries featuring local artists and renowned artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rembrandt. There are free tours Tuesday through Friday at 1:00. The Terrace Café is also a great place to eat cheese truffles or a roasted beet salad.